The internet was lacking any reference to my hand-cranked Triang go-kart from the 1970s
Finally, that’s changed.
I felt it was my duty to fill the information vacuum – so that anyone else looking for reference to this innovative little go-kart won’t be as disappointed as I initially was.
My brother Steve and I each had one of these Triang go-karts in around 1973. I don’t know how we got them or whether they were new or second-hand (we were pretty poor in those days) but I remember us both racing down the bumpy, steep little alley behind our house on the them.
What made the Triang go-kart special was that you powered it with your hands and steered it with your feet – the opposite of every other go-kart I’ve ever seen. Two metal tubes topped with rubberised hand grips were connected to a crank that drove the rear wheels by long, bendy steel bars. I can remember these bending under power, but they never broke. You pushed and pulled on the hand-tubes which drove the go-kart forward. The front wheels were on a single axle and you steered by pushing your feet (tucked under a little bar) forward.
The Triang hand-cranked go-kart had a very comfortable seat and plush rubber tyres. I can’t remember ever putting air in them, so they must have been solid but they were soft and bouncy and gave a very smooth ride. The whole go-kart was painted red and the grips on the hand-cranks were shiny black and moulded to fit your fingers.
The images here show other conventional foot-pedalled Triang g0-karts but are useful to show parts from the hand-cranked go-karts. Our hand-cranked go-karts had the same seat as the one shown here with the green wheels. And the one with the yellow seat (above) has the same fat rubber wheels (in the same colour) as our Triang hand-cranked go-karts.